Unless you pay zero attention to the news, you’ve probably heard dozens of stories of God being taken out of schools.
Scripture is no longer allowed on walls.
Children are no longer allowed to say His name.
Teams are no longer allowed to pray to Him.
But now, a recent football game in Georgia proves that we can fight – and win back – our religious freedom!
Football games at Lowndes High School in Valdosta, Georgia would always begin with a student-led prayer. It was actually a part of their school policy.
That was until they received a letter stating that the school district, “must take immediate action to end the practice of scheduling prayer at school-sponsored events and end the use of district equipment to project prayers to the public.”
Who sent this letter? It was none other than the Freedom From Religion Foundation.
The FFRF is a radical atheist activist group that seems more concerned with taking freedom away than giving freedom to anyone at all.
It’s one of many groups responsible for the takedown of God’s name and Word in the U.S.
The FFRF’s website states that the organization, “Takes legal action challenging entanglement of religion and government, government endorsement or promotion of religion.”
They also contend, “First Amendment violations are accelerating. The religious right is campaigning to raid the public till and advance religion at taxpayer expense, attacking our secular public schools, the rights of nonbelievers, and the Establishment Clause.”
They say this obviously omitting the fact that this country was founded on Biblical principles and moral values, as were public schools when they were first established in the mid-nineteenth century.
And this school in Georgia is one that kept with those religious traditions.
And when evil came to fight them, they decided to fight back with the same tactic FFRF was using – legality.
However, they did comply with FFRF’s request for the first game after receiving the letter. The next Friday, September 6, there was no prayer before the football game.
And because of the omission of the prayer, the community lashed out at the school with their own complaints.
This reaction was not completely unexpected, but proved to the school board that they needed to get prayer back into their Friday nights.
“We knew coming in after our meeting last week that we had to put some work on it because our constituents were not going to let us say no way,” board chairman Dave Clark told WCTV.
And this is just what the school district did.
They came up with a policy that would please everyone on paper, but would also “allow students to present anything before the game, whether a song, a poem, or a prayer.” When this policy was read in their board room full of concerned citizens, it was answered with cheers.
God always provides a way out of temptation and to choose Him instead.
In this case, the temptation was to lie down and comply with an organization intent on removing God from the eyes, ears, hearts, and minds of our children.
And the way out of that temptation just happened to be instituting a new policy that allows God to continue to move through their students and, in effect, their whole community.
“What message do you want Lowndes County, and most importantly these students to learn from your decision, and you voiced overwhelmingly the right one,” said Darrel Presley, president of the Vikings Touchdown Club.
Many believe the students will choose to pray at the games more than anything else.
“God won,” Joe Copeland told WCTV. “That was the whole plan all along, I think it’s awesome that we’ve got kids in school that want to pray to God and attend church.”
And that is awesome indeed. Although the policy can go into effect immediately, it still has to be approved at a second reading this month. It is still not known if the new policy will be challenged.
We must never forget to pray for our schools, our children, and the institutions in this country that were founded on the very principles being destroyed and put away.
And don’t ever just lie down and do nothing if your right to worship and speak about God is put into question.
Stand up and fight for your right to have God in every aspect of your life!
If you or someone you know is having to fight for their First Amendment rights, there are organizations that can help you, including Alliance Defending Freedom. Please feel free to visit them at https://adflegal.org for more information.